Be part of the Quorum
Author | Bowen Marshall April 2013
We live in incredible times. To have our president name us and connect our movement for equality to the arc of our nation’s civil rights movement “through Seneca Falls and Selma and Stonewall,” to have nine states legally recognize our families, and to see the end of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” are all huge milestones moving us toward full equality.
In this time of great progress, it is easy for some—those outside the lived experience of being queer in the American Midwest—to believe that our work is done, that we have come far enough, and that our voice is finally and fully heard. But we know differently.
We know that in the majority of Ohio it is still perfectly legal to fire a person on the basis of gender identity. We know that we still do not have the right to marry the person we love. We know that Queer people attend schools, churches, and work places here in Columbus where they live in fear of being outed, bullied, or killed for something as honest and beautiful as claiming who they are. We know that much is lost when stories that could enrich our lives, inspire others, and change the world are silenced.
It is in this threat of silence that we find the heart and vision of this magazine. What are the stories, your stories, the stories of our Queer Community in Columbus and Central Ohio? Where is our community in these larger efforts and broader historical moments? How do we make ourselves heard so that we too can join in this historical chorus? The Quorum Columbus crew is excited to connect with you to help tell our stories in an effort to answer these questions together.
We have an active, vibrant, and visible community as measured by the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the stories we tell, the celebrations we hold, and the strength of organizations like Stonewall, BRAVO, ARC Ohio, Kaleidoscope, and Equality Ohio. Yet, Columbus is often cited as a “surprisingly” great place to be queer. We hope to help change this perception.
A city like ours deserves a magazine like Quorum Columbus. In a world filled with insults to the spirit, body, and mind, we need a space and a community built on understanding, love, and hope to carry us forward. We believe that a magazine amplifying your voices can help elevate Columbus even further in the national spotlight as a place that honors, respects, and invites all persons under the rainbow.
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